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Coming Apart Audiobook

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, this startling long-lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that have historically joined our social classes.

In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—a divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.

The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. This divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.

The evidence in Coming Apart is about white America. Its message is about all of America.

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He first came to national attention in 1984 with Losing Ground. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife in Burkittsville, Maryland.

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©2012 Cox and Murray, Inc. (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[Charles Murray] argues for the need to focus on what has made the US exceptional beyond its wealth and military power… religion, marriage, industriousness, and morality.” (Booklist)

“This is an immensely important and utterly gripping book…Coming Apart is a model of rigorous sociological inquiry, yet it is also highly readable. After the chronic incoherence of Occupy Wall Street, it comes as a blessed relief. Every American should read it. Too bad only the cognitive elite will.” (Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Harvard and fellow of the Hoover Institution)

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    RBS 04-06-17
    RBS 04-06-17
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    "Murray's valedictory work..."

    Brilliant, data-driven work by America's premiere libertarian intellectual. I highly recommend it, whether you are a Bobo in Paradise, or not.

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    MDMBA 02-13-17
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    "True and Necessary but Depressing"
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    The book conveys necessary information for people to understand why things are the way they are in the public forum. Charles Murray goes into exquisite detail in reviewing US History, the evolution of the past few decades and super documentation. However, it is extremely depressing to be continually reflecting on how fragmented and dysfunctional our culture is because we already know! Yet, the author provides readers/listeners a very valid explanation. This book is not fake news. What we watch/read on TV/internet "news" sources is 99% fake and has been for a couple of decades. Not so with "Coming Apart". Charles Murray is a scholar and a gentleman.

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    K. Cunningham Panama, Central America 01-07-17
    K. Cunningham Panama, Central America 01-07-17 Member Since 2007

    Retiree who loves audio books. I like mostly nonfiction, understanding our world and the people in it, but some good fiction is welcome too.

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    "Very Helpful in Understanding Our Society"

    Charles Murry explained very clearly what is going on in our society. If you want to understand the US better, and the big divides and lack of understanding between people, this is an excellent book. It is only with understanding that we can work successfully to change things. This book presents very logical reasons and ideas for a better future.

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    Amelia Vnuk 11-16-16
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    What aspect of Traber Burns’s performance would you have changed?

    This may be just me, but it felt like his tone was very judgemental. It's possible that that's how the author wanted it, since the tone overall felt judgemental to the described group but it was very hard to listen to.


    Was Coming Apart worth the listening time?

    No, I was very excited about the content (especially since I started it after the recent election) but I found it very disappointing. There are a lot of charts referenced, which I obviously couldn't see. The overall tone was very disapproving of this new group and everything they did and I couldn't quite figure out his point, was it just to talk about how this new group was different? It had an odd tone.


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    FoxMan 11-11-16
    FoxMan 11-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Probably better in the hard version"

    I really enjoyed this audio book, but it probably works better in hard copy because it includes charts and graphs. The fact that the appendices get covered in the audio version helps though.

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    Not a real name 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Useless without the charts"

    This book is basically a narrated series of charts and tables. As such, the audio book is basically half the book. Great piece of nonfiction but needs to be read

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    Haven 01-30-16
    Haven 01-30-16
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    "Charts and audiobooks"

    Books with charts are at least a significant problem if not impossible. I tended to believe the author so I was happy to hear his conclusions. Insightful.

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    William Haslet, Texas, United States 07-29-15
    William Haslet, Texas, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2015

    I read, or listen to books to help me do better professionally. But I also like to read books on politics and US History!

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    "Great Insights"
    Would you listen to Coming Apart again? Why?

    Yes...lots of facts and figures that are hard to book mark them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It helped me to see what was has been happening from a most interesting perspective. By taking race out of it I found the arguments being made packed a soild punch.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    We all play a role in what happens to our society...own your part and do what you can to make our society better.


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    Dr. William W. Schlaepfer 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting concepts but too many statistics"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, I liked the concept of delving into divisions in American society that have arisen during the past 50 years - but became bored over the countless statistics that permeated the delivery of the message


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Apart?

    The broad concepts


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The statistics - some of which were rather marginal in support of the concepts


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The division of society into Belmont and Fishtown were overdrawn and missed the nuances and also the differences that occur within the respective divisions.

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    Gerry 04-16-12
    Gerry 04-16-12

    Amateur history buff

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    What did you like best about Coming Apart? What did you like least?

    This book has some interesting content but due to the large number of charts and accompanying statistics it makes it rather unsuitable as an audio book. If you want to try this I'd recommend reading the book or ebook.


    Was Coming Apart worth the listening time?

    No.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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